I’ve recently started playing Final Fantasy XV on PC. Final Fantasy is, for those who don’t know it, the staple Japanese Roleplaying Game. Part 15 manages to add something to the open world genre, which in itself is an achievement.
I was at a neuromarketing presentation two weeks ago. When I saw some of the techniques used, I was immediately reminded of video games, specifically of a video Jim Sterling did on some of the practices in video game marketing. Then I read that the Dutch gambling authority is looking into possibly classifying loot boxes in video games as gambling, as is Belgium and Hawaii. Clearly, something is up.
Mass Effect Andromeda has been out for a few months, but I only recently finished it. I loved the original Mass Effect and after years in development, I had high hopes for Andromeda – emphasis on ‘had’.
People have told me I’m very critical of movies, TV shows, and video games. That’s true, I think; it’s a direct result of my obsession with the mechanics of writing. Knowing the mechanics automatically makes you see others failing at those mechanics. Below are the five that I see most.